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 Post subject: Rewinding to the Forum of Yore
New postPosted: November 12th, 2017, 10:34 pm 
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The other day, my Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English desk calendar's word of the day was "heighth."

I gotta say, maybe "heighth" is forgotten somewheres else, but not in New Orleans, where ya got ya lenth, width, and heighth.

The calendar went on to quote from George Stimpson's Book About a Thousand Things, 1946: "Heighth, or highth as it was spelled by John Milton, is an obsolete form of height ... from the English of the Stuart period, and survives in Ireland as well as in the United States. Many people erroneously pronounce height as if it were spelled highth. Hite, rhyming with kite, is the only recognized pronunciation."

I disagree again. In New Orleans we recognize the other pronunciation.

Getting back to the subject of this thread, I recalled a discussion on the old forum about this word, and finally took the time to look it up. I believe it's on page 4 of this thread, which is filled with commentary, in heavy y'at dialect, from forum regulars of yesteryear: Things Ya Momminem Yoosta Say, at viewtopic.php?f=25&t=6095&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=heighth


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"Reach me dat" *** "Go wraynch [rinse] dat off. *** "How come this heah cafay ain't got no red-n-white erl cloths on their tables? *** "Gitcha elbows offa the table!" *** "Don't let yo eyes write no check that yo tummy can't cash, young'un. Get all you want, but eat all you get!!" And, lessons learned, "Don't go telling your teacher that your dog ate your homework." Why my dear child we do not own a dog.


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Dem children run out so fast dey chew the last bite in the yard
just so dey don't half to help with dem dishes in the ZINC

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